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Rocking Ur Teens – events for your teenage students

Founded in 2015, Rocking Ur Teens is a social enterprise that equips young people with the skills that leaders of the future need. It does this through its annual events. To date, Rocking Ur Teens has welcomed over 1,500 students and teachers at its conferences. Over the next five years, Rocking Ur Teens aims to expand its impact by growing its mentoring programme. Their mission as an event is to allow students to “develop entrepreneurial spirit, agility and flexibility, character, self esteem and good mental health.”

About Rocking Ur Teens
Rocking Ur Teens is a social enterprise with a vision of crafting inspiring conferences that:

– Expose teens to corporate environments, apprentices, graduates and interns, giving them a practical insight into the world of work
– Create relationships between young people and corporate organisations to develop pipelines of diverse talent
– Are accessible, providing socially mobile speakers who share stories and act as role models. Seeing is believing!
– Break down barriers between those from culturally diverse backgrounds and continue to bring together a national and international audience. Dispel myths like ‘science is not for girls’ and engage audiences with speakers such Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE – Stemettes
– Introduce teens to social action at an early age to illustrate how they can make a difference in their local and global community
– Develop self-esteem and mental health awareness through speakers that have experienced it, such as Jonny Benjamin MBE – Mental Health Campaigner 

Rocking Ur Teens was founded by Jenny Garrett, award winning author, speaker and coach, Sandy Parris, event planner and Geoffrey Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA at Thomson Reuters.

Holding around four events and conferences a year, Rocking Ur teens focuses on both boys and girls between the 13-14 years olds in Year 8 & 9 of School to help them gain the confidence that they need in order to excel in their final years of education. 

Rocking Ur Teens was founded by Jenny Garrett, award winning author, speaker and coach, Sandy Parris, event planner and Geoffrey Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA at Thomson Reuters. 

For more information about Rocking Ur Teens please visit their website, Facebook page or Twitter page


Rocking ur teens reminds boys about “being your true self”

October, 2019

Quotation marks With the #MeToo movement and men in senior positions accused of deception, it’s arguably never been a more important time to ask: What does it mean to be a man? How do we tackle toxic masculinity? What is men’s responsibility in the world? How can we celebrate the uniqueness of men?

To celebrate International Men’s Day, Rocking Ur Teens will be bringing together 180 teenage boys and their teachers for an empowerment event to explore these questions and much more.

Taking place on 12th November at Thomson Reuters head offices in Canary Wharf, the one-day interactive event will showcase positive male role models to inspire participants through their experiences and raise their aspirations, showing them that anything is possible when they have the courage and confidence to find their own identity and work hard. Rocking Ur Teens - a previous event

The event will be hosted by Bear Grylls The Island Star and Radio Presenter, Dean Quinton. Participants will also hear from keynote speakers including Andrew Hulbert, Successful Entrepreneur and CEO of Pareto; Cameron Parker, Motivational Schools Speaker and Andrew Odong, Content Strategist and Founder of Creative Media Agency Pesa Productions. They will share their career stories and learned wisdom.

Andrew Hulbert said: “I remember my teens. I was unproductive, lacked direction and wasn’t focussed in the right areas. I have so much experience now that I’d like to have given to my younger self. That’s why I’m involved in Rocking Ur Teens, as it gives me the chance to shape the future of some of the countries brightest teenagers and pass on that learnt wisdom.”

The teens will also take part in a spoken word workshop with Ragz-CV and a session on making good choices. They’ll benefit from speed mentoring with a diverse group of men who will share the advice that they would give their 13-year-old selves – with the benefit of hindsight.

Talking about our last boys conference, one teacher said: “Students were blown away by the experience they thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and the opportunity to network and experience new ideas.”

Sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the conference is highly subsidised and tickets cost just £15 per student or teacher.

To find out more about the conference and how to sponsor the event see rockingurteens.com.

Tickets for this event are sold out, to register for future events see rockingurteens.com.


Girls inspired to be tomorrow’s STEM leaders at Rocking Ur Teens event

November 2018

Quotation marks International Airlines Group (IAG) and Rocking Ur Teens are teaming up to hold a one-day energetic and interactive conference for teenage girls aged 13 and 14. According to WISE, women make up just 23% of those in core STEM occupations in the UK and 24% of those working in core STEM industries.

To grow these figures, IAG and Rocking Ur Teens will showcase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers where traditionally girls are underrepresented and get them excited about the prospect of a job in one of these areas, that they may not have previously considered.

At a time when teenagers are starting to think about possible careers, the event will bring to life the realities of various roles in both corporate organisations and non-typical industries for participants, so that they can start to map out their own journeys.

Bringing together teens from different backgrounds, the event’s focus is on raising aspirations, building self-esteem and supporting teen girls in a safe and fun environment to learn, share and grow whilst providing A previous Rocking Ur Teens conference, the December event will focus on STEMeffective tools to help them to successfully navigate their teenage years.

Taking place on 4 December at IAG’s offices in Harmondsworth, West London, the day will be hosted by Capital Xtra radio presenter, Remel London. Attendees will hear from scientists, pilots, engineers and entrepreneurs including Emily Grossman, expert in molecular biology and Jillian Kowalchuk, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of a revolutionary crowd-sourcing GPS app. Each will share their story and learned wisdom, as well as how they have become the successful people they are now. 

Participants will also take part in an interactive workshop about body image with the Self Esteem Team and hear from students who took part in an emerging technology course with Apps for Good and went on to develop their own apps. A panel of IAG women will talk about their own experiences and offer advice to their 13-year-old selves, with the benefit of hindsight. Award-winning singer-songwriter Sharlene Monique will close the event with some inspiring songs about empowerment, love and self-acceptance.

Rocking Ur Teens founders said: “We are excited to be hosting our first event in partnership with International Airlines Group. Today’s world is an exciting but challenging place to be a teenager. This event will bring together teenage girls to inspire them and raise their self-esteem, showing them that if they believe in themselves they can achieve whatever they want. We hope they will leave walking a little taller, feeling inspired and equipped with the confidence and skills they need to be the best they can be.”

Julia Simpson, Chief of Staff at International Airlines Group, added: “We are proud to take part in this inspirational day, helping to motivate the next generation of young women into the airline industry. This is a fantastic place to work and we are delighted that you will meet some of our great women pilots, engineers, cabin crew, customer service agents and digital innovators.”

Talking about the impact for their students, teachers who have attended previous Rocking Ur Teens events said: ““Fantastic, inspiring event, to motivate young girls” and “What an awesome day of girl power and potential” and “Every Year 8 girl needs to hear this.”

The event is subsidised by IAG to allow all students in the locality of Harmondsworth the opportunity to attend.

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